Tabuk City, Kalinga is set to stage the first and largest choreographed band performance in the Cordillera region with a thousand majorettes and drum and lyre players presenting the ‘Tabuk One Band One City’ or TOBOC as a highlight of the 13th founding anniversary and Matagoan Festival.
City Information Officer Remedios Singson said this exhibition will feature unique band formations and musical displays to be participated by the high school drum and lyre from both public and private schools in the city manifesting unity of the Tabukeños.
The TOBOC she said is being schemed to be presented during the city’s founding anniversary day on June 24.
Activities for the day would start with a civic and float parade that would feature the 16 past and present mayors of Tabuk, followed by the re-enactment of the Tabuk History.
Invited guest of honor and speaker is Secretary Armin Luistro of the Department of Education. Luistro would also be leading the formal opening of the Tabuk City Division Office at the City Hall Compound.
Other proposed activities will be the ‘Ayag’ or the early morning call rites announcing the start of the festival on June 23 by various band and lyre, and the Manpedal Tako Kalinga (MAPETAK) Bikers Group.
June 25 is Agro-Industrial Farmers Day featuring the contested activities like the Agro-lympics.
June 26 will be the Cultural Day to start with the Matagoan Run, a marathon competition featuring the runners in traditional g-string and tapis, cultural street Dancing and the ‘Dornat’ or renewal of tribal peace pact.
June 27 is the City Tourism Day, where various tourism activities are slated for visitors and dignitaries to include a city tour and environmental activities to commemorate the Environment Month on June.
According to Singson, these are just the event highlights of the festival with the theme “Timpuyog, Gaget ken Disiplina. Tabuk Rumang-ay Ka.”
Several activities she said are also being planned out during the five-day event including the Patawid Trade Fair, concerts, fireworks display, among others. (JDP/Geraldine G. Dumallig, PIA-CAR, Kalinga)